PSIE Industrial Magazine Volume 1 Issue 1 - Page 4

Page 4 Volume 1, Issue 1 Founder’s Message blessings I was proud owner of IIE Gold Award 2012 for the best performing student chapter. Although, my journey with IIE ended there I was not able to quench my thirst to help our fellow students and professional industrial engineers. Once my article in Technology Times magazine got record hits and brought me messages from unknown professionals who demanded that much more needs to be done to raise awareness of Industrial Engineering in Pakistan and I finally concluded that we indeed need something similar to IIE in Pakistan. Dear Brothers & Sisters, During my graduation at University of Management and Technology (UMT) in Lahore I was thrilled to find out about this new field of study called the “Industrial Engineering”. Just like you I was not sure what I will become in the future and what my job description would be. What roles I would play in an industry or what kind of business I could start of my own. There were many similar questions that kept haunting me for the first two semesters. It was difficult and very challenging to keep my interest alive. It was back in 2010 when I first visited the website of Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) which is based in Georgia USA. It was not a surprise visit I was intentionally looking for such a phrase of words because I had seen Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) working in my university for the Electrical Engineering students providing them awareness programs, competitions, and leadership opportunities so and so forth. I wanted to replicate that but for Industrial Engineering students in my university. That’s when I decided to form a student chapter of IIE and by 2012 with Allah’s On 2nd May 2011, I met Gregory H. Watson who was at that time Senior Vice President International of IIE. We met him at a conference in Lahore and he also suggested me to establish a local organization to gather professionals and students under one platform. His suggestion and my thirst together led to the establishment of the Pakistan Society of Industrial Engineers (PSIE). It is in this spirit that I invite you to consider becoming a PSIE member to educate the masses about what great industrial engineering field really is so that our professionals and students can be intellectually equipped to become the leaders of tomorrow. I dream that one day PSIE may become the largest Industrial Engineering organization in Pakistan and support IEz not only within the country but also those who are residing outside so that we can form a network to share knowledge and expertise. Thank you, sincerely, and may God Bless you as He has blessed us through our investment in this great cause. Dear brothers & sisters, there is now better return. With all best wishes and kindest regards, Azeem Iqbal, Founder and Chairperson